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Indian start-up Star Air to expand ERJ-145 fleet

Indian regional carrier Star Air is intending to bring in another three Embraer ERJ-145 jets over the next few months.

Star Air, which is based in Bengaluru, operates a pair of ERJ-145s – manufactured in 2003 and 2004 – following its start-up at the beginning of this year.

The airline says it has plans to purchase three of the type through a "tie-up" with the Brazilian manufacturer.

All three will be introduced to the fleet by November this year.

Star Air says it is aiming to increase its fleet to 10 aircraft by December 2020. The airline serves six Indian cities, comprising Bengaluru, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Belagavi, Hubballi, and Tirupati.

Chairman Sanjay Ghodawat says the carrier intends to expand not only on routes covered by the Indian government's regional connectivity scheme UDAN but also serve "a few" non-UDAN links as well.

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